Bill S3583-2013

Grants volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians academic credit at SUNY and CUNY

Grants volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians academic credit at state operated institutions of the state university of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New York to the extent of six credits per year, and 60 credits in the aggregate; provides that no fee, tuition or other charge shall be assessed against a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician who qualifies for such credit; directs the board of trustees of the state university and the city university of New York to adopt necessary procedures.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Feb 6, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S3583

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to granting academic credit at state operated institutions of the state university of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New York to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians

PURPOSE: This legislation would give college course credit to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians for performing volunteer activities and completing training and development courses taken in connection with their volunteer services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new section, 669-e, is added to the education law.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would promote volunteerism among the youth and give those volunteers an incentive to continue their education. Specifically, the bill grants SUNY and CUNY students 6 course credits per year towards their undergraduate elective course requirements for performing volunteer firefighter services and completing related training.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010 Referred to Higher Education 2011-2102 Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3583 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 6, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to granting academic credit at state operated institutions of the state university of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New York to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 669-e to read as follows: S 669-E. COURSE CREDIT FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "VOLUN- TEER FIREFIGHTER" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW. 2. EVERY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN WHO IS ALSO ENROLLED ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN GOOD STANDING, AT AN INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, SHALL UPON APPLICATION BE GRANTED SIX ACADEMIC CREDITS PER YEAR AND SIXTY CREDITS IN THE AGGREGATE TOWARDS HIS OR HER DEGREE. NO FEE, TUITION OR OTHER CHARGE SHALL BE ASSESSED AGAINST A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OR EMER- GENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN WHO QUALIFIES FOR SUCH CREDIT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 3. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY UNIVER- SITY OF NEW YORK SHALL ADOPT SUCH PROCEDURES AS ARE NECESSARY TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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